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need recommend of taiwan sightseeing place and vegetarian food
Posted April 27th, 2011 - 3:59 am by from Batam, Indonesia (Permalink)
Hi All CS

I am Suyanti/张恬恬 from Indonesia.

My friends and I wanna go to taiwan this august, but we are still very confuse with our schedule because we all dont familiar with taiwan.

so anyone can help us to set up the schedule for us ? just like arrive in tao yuan airport after that should go where first then continue to where ? we have 12 days to walk around taiwan.

and can recommend some delicious vegetarian food to us ? because we all vegetarian.

thanks so much for ur kindness to help

Posted May 5th, 2011 - 4:59 am by from Broeckel, Germany (Permalink)
I'd take the bus to Taipei first, it's the easiest city as a tourist and a fun place to spend 1-2 days for sure.
You can then take an evening train to Hualien, rent a taxi for the whole next day and let the driver show you the famous Taroko Gorge (~7-8 hours). Then you can make your way further south and go to Taitung or straight to Kenting (change to taxi at Fangliao train station). Kenting is less mountains and more beaches. If you are comfortable riding a scooter and have a license, I'd recommend doing a scooter trip there. It's fun :)
Then you can work your way back up the west coast; Kaohsiung has a few nice places, good bike routes and lots of couch surfers, me included; then Tainan, Taichung, Taipei again.

I've done the same route in reverse order with my parents during the last two weeks, except in reverse order because I live in Kaohsiung. If you are too many people to couch surf and need a hostel recommendation for Taipei or a taxi driver recommendation for Hualien/Taroko let me know, we loved ours :)

Posted May 5th, 2011 - 5:04 am by from Broeckel, Germany (Permalink)
Oh right- and if you are in Kaohsiung and need some good food, I can only recommend the 菜根鄉 restaurant on 民生一路. I love their NT$330 set meal.

Posted May 5th, 2011 - 9:29 am by from Batam, Indonesia (Permalink)
Hi Julian,

Thanks so much for your recommend, very useful for me.

Will be my reference in set up our schedule, i will discuss with my friends about ur reference.

the restaurant u recommend is vegetarian ? because we are 3 all vegetarian. if yes, sure we will list it down in our listing.

Thanks so much

Suyanti

Posted May 12th, 2011 - 9:52 am by from Broeckel, Germany (Permalink)
Yes it is vegetarian. I really like it! Just don't go there on any holiday when they only have expensive set meals (NT$1500 and not too great). http://www.savorvg.com.tw/

Posted May 12th, 2011 - 2:00 pm by from Batam, Indonesia (Permalink)
Hi Julian

I saw ur link, so great....

I will send the link to my friends....

Thanks

Suyanti

Posted May 12th, 2011 - 1:43 pm by from Taipei, Taiwan (Permalink)
Hi Suyanti,

If you speak at least a little bit of Chinese, it's not difficult to get vegetarian food in Taiwan, but you have to know the character meaning vegetarian: 素 (su4).

You can input this character (素) into googlemaps and directly locate vegetarian restaurants in various Taiwanese cities. You can also just walk the streets, wherever you are, and look for that character on restaurant signs.

In major cities like Taipei, Hsinchu, etc., there are vegetarian restaurants almost on every street. Many are only open at lunchtime (around 11 am - 1 pm) and dinnertime (around 5-8 pm).

If you come to Hsinchu, get in touch and I can take you to some great little vegan dumpling shops!

Ciao,

Akuma S.D.

Posted May 12th, 2011 - 2:14 pm by from Batam, Indonesia (Permalink)
Hi Akuma

Thanks so much for ur info..

We 3 all know chinese, dont worry...^^

we are definitely will go to Hsincu, I will inform u when we make sure the time, and hope we can have the great little vegan dumplings u introduce...

Peace
Suyanti

Posted May 12th, 2011 - 2:31 pm by from Guangfu, Taiwan (Permalink)
Hi there,

I find this site useful in general. Some of them need to be verified, but if you look at the "last update dates" and pick a most current one, you should be safe.
http://food.suiis.com/map_search.aspx

Beware, it's not that easy finding vegetarian food in more remote areas, such as Hualian county. So I usually brought my muesli and fruits with me when I had to take business trips in Hualian county. But you are safe in Hualian city since the biggest Buddhist group stations in Hualian city. I'm not too sure inside of the Taroko National Park though. And I once had to drive for over 1 hour in middle Taiwan searching for a vegetarian restaurant or stall. But again, if you are not that picky about looking for a restaurant that only sells vegetarian food, then you are safe any where in Taiwan.

Another word of caution: most non-vegetarian cooks in Taiwan think that vegetarians are "boring" food, and then to make them extra spicy and salty. So if you don't like strongly seasoned food like me, please ask them ahead of time to be gentle with the seasoning.

Good luck, and have fun in Taiwan!

Michelle Huang

Posted May 12th, 2011 - 3:14 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted May 15th, 2011 - 3:04 am by from Batam, Indonesia (Permalink)
Hi Achim

Thanks so much you give so many info to me

I am really glad and very useful

Thanks^^

Suyanti

Posted May 15th, 2011 - 7:03 am from Berlin, Germany
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Posted May 15th, 2011 - 2:50 am by from Batam, Indonesia (Permalink)
Hi Michelle

Thanks for your info, I have send the link you sent to my friends for our reference

Thanks so much^^

Suyanti